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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready??? Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

    Tim Bateson

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Any and all.
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      Cincinnati, Ohio
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      Too many lights too little time
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      Laser engraving, Halloween & Christmas
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    • About my display
      Now mostly LED & RGB...If I can get them programmed...

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    1. If you are thinking of moving to pixels anytime soon, you will need a workhorse of a computer to generate the show. Also skip the MP3 if you are going this route - can't handle it.
    2. Dec 18-19 Christmas Decorations are 45% off Dec 20 – 24 Christmas decorations are 50% off
    3. The weather has not been kind this year, so setting up & tweaking the show took so long, I just got around to making a video. Rather than a dozen videos, I opted for 1 video of the entire show (about 29min). I did edit out "Little Drummer Boy" due to file size. I was up too late last night & now see I didn't upload the final edited version. The last few songs are out of order, but enjoy and please comment - even critically - I may not like all of the comments, but if I blew something in a big way, I do want to fix it for next year. Embedding within my website wasn't working las
    4. I use old C9 strings and pop the unused sockets off or seal with hot glue or caulk. I have strings done all 3 ways for several years now. However the CDI strobes will not be as bright after the 1st year. They don't loose much, but when set next to a new bulb there is an obvious difference.
    5. Moved from the MP3 to a laptop this year. The MP3 can't handle more than 1 Universe (pixels). I set it to NOT sleep with the lid closed. Got the show scheduled, closed the laptop and placed in off in a corner of the garage. I update the show every couple days, but that's it. Runs great - sound quality too.
    6. Just added to my tree farm: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/24-Inch-Pathway-Tree-Set-of-4/1041428122?categoryId=12800 With coupons, my wife picked up several of these for half the listed price.
    7. Try: http://www.amazon.com/Multi-Color-Lighted-Christmas-Cascade-Decoration/dp/B004JYIKNM/ref=pd_sim_hg_7
    8. I bought & sold a ton of these on eBay a couple years ago. I could buy them at Garden Ridge for $40 and sold on eBay for $100+. Still have a couple, but they are being saved for my kids who are now getting into this wild hobby.
    9. What are the image specifications to get Nutcracker to properly display images?
    10. This was my solution - Used re-bar and zip-tied the bottom hoop to them. So-far this seems to be working good. We'll see how it goes this season.
    11. 2nd this. Lasted about a week, some just a day or so. Had to cut the sockets back to make them fit. I'll try those Costco LED lights someone mentioned.
    12. This is what I do - Looking for something that works better.
    13. That may not be all bad. I won't use pavers - kills the grass, but I can make a bottom T that can be pined down. I like the idea, but will have to think about it for a bit to see if it will measure up. Thanks.
    14. I use gray PVC pipe for my bottom hoop to connect the Mega Tree lights. The hoop is 2 foot or so off the ground resting on re-bar. Problem - With the tension of the lights, the hoop whats to lift up. In past years I've sunk anchors around and tied it off but am looking for a better solution. I also don't want to do away with the hoop & anchor the lights directly to the ground.
    15. I bought 1 for Halloween & 1 for Christmas. This will be their 2nd year. Great crowd pleaser & looks great - Click on my website below to see for yourself. BUT..... Do NOT remove when temps are cold!!!!!!!!!! They will crack.
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